I got into a discussion with my boyfriend tonight and he was talking about how he heard some guys at the gym talking about plateaus and that the secret of getting past plateaus is to continuously change things up. This is true, I can verify. The body seeks equilibrium.
And I realized, I am in equilibrium, and have been for a long time! Alright, maybe my weight history looks messy to you, but keep in mind, that is about a 10 pound range represented by all those little data points. It’s not really as dramatic as it looks. In fact, it’s completely normal, even the increase you see which coincides perfectly with when I began weight training in earnest and laid off the cardio. Maintaining my weight doesn’t mean I weigh the same every day. It means I am continuing down the path I started on and am not veering off or going backwards.
I like weight maintenance. I hear a lot of people say it is hard. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult. I wouldn’t say it’s effortless either. I know I have to keep doing what I taught myself to do: eat good food, don’t keep eating for no reason when I’m not hungry, use small dishes and bowls, and exercise regularly. The only thing different from losing the weight is that I’m not calorie counting and I’m exercising for a shorter amount of time.
And I’m not changing it up. It’s a relief honestly, not to constantly have to worry about pushing myself harder in different ways. I’m not really trying to change my body any further, and I’m strong and have great endurance, so I have gotten into a nice comfortable routine, and don’t see a reason to change it unless I want to for some reason. I described my workout routine in my recent post Exercise for the Rest of Us. It’s 4 days a week. I go, I sweat, I raise my heat rate, I lift some heavy things, and I go home. Simple stuff. I push myself, but I don’t kill myself.
I’m not really changing up my diet either. I’m not mucking about with what to eat and when. It is ingrained in me to eat what I do. It would be very odd for me to go back to any of my old habits. My new habits are more familiar to me now. I guess several years of practice will do that for you.
I’m feeling pretty much at peace with this stage of the journey today, after putting some thought into realizing that I am past the struggling part. I can’t say I ever thought it would be possible to get here, but here I am. It feels good.